From a reader:
Our parish priest, who says the NO in the parish church and the EF in
another church in the parish , came up with this idea. For the Mass in
English he places a crucifix on the altar with a corpus on each side –
so both he and we are facing the Lord. What do you think?
I think he should, after a period of catechesis, simply shift to ad orientem worship.
That would solve the dilemma without involving a confusing symbol.
I think a two-sided crucifix is theologically … odd.
As I read this, at the same time as I had admiration for the priest – who is clearly trying to do good things for his people, I had the image of a man who has a pebble in his shoe but decides to walk on his hands rather than apply the more obvious solution.
"But Father! But Father!", you will object. "It is probable that the priest would get into trouble if he tried to change to ad orientem worship. What if he can’t make that bold move?"
Fine, I respond. Build brick by brick, patiently.
I still think a two-sided Crucifix is … odd.
Go with the regular Crucifix with the corpus toward the priest… and then start the catechesis including the point that ad orientem worship would allow them all to face the Lord together.